Wednesday 13 May 2015

Elbow Crab

Image: Smithsonian Institution
The crab with elbows!

BIG, pointy elbows!

Image: Chaloklum Diving
Elbow Crabs are a whole bunch of crabs in the Parthenopidae family.

Parthenopids are found all over the world but only some of them have the kind of pincers that provide the mightiest of elbows.

Some Elbows Crabs have arms that are each more than twice as long as the rest of their body! They're frequently encrusted with all sorts of fluffy bits and bob which provide effective camouflage. They might even be covered in vicious-looking spikes, which provide effective karate chops.

If you approach an Elbow Crab and he doesn't like the look of you, he'll open his arms to the full extent and threaten you with bestial hugs.

Image: Chaloklum Diving
It's an impressive display from certain angles but Elbow Crabs are so narrow that should you rise above it, they almost disappear entirely!


Porakiya said...

it looks like their arms are pincer sin their own right. Of course, I wouldn't want to receive a hug from these guys, even if it's a friendly one.

TexWisGirl said...

free hugs for everyone!

Crunchy said...

Free hugs? I love hugs at that price!

Joseph JG said...

@Porakiya Draekojin: Yeah, pincers on pincers! Spikes on pincers, too.

@TexWisGirl: Yaaaay!

@Crunchy: Cheap at twice the price!

Anonymous said...

What do u mean HUGS yay hugs

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